Objective Structured Knowledge Exchange: A Novel Instructional Approach in Travel Medicine Education

Document Type : Letter to Editor


1 School of Medicine, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland

2 School of Medicine, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3 Glencairn Medical Centre, Dublin, Ireland

4 Travel Health Clinic, Dublin, Ireland



Travel medicine education should meet the learning needs of its target audience of travel medicine clinicians in practice and healthcare students.1 We are current or past presidents of the Travel Medicine Society of Ireland (TMSI). The TMSI was established in 1995, making it one of the longest standing national travel medicine professional societies. As one of 12 partner associations which collaborate in organizing the biennial Northern European Conference on Travel Medicine (NECTM), TMSI is actively involved in the provision of continuing professional development opportunities to practicing travel medicine physicians, nurses, and pharmacists.
Within the Republic of Ireland, the TMSI plays a leading role in raising the standards of travel medicine practice among its approximately 350 members (mostly general practitioners, but also practice nurses, pharmacists, and medical students) through its quarterly regional educational seminars, regular electronic newsletters, and annual masterclass. Invited external speakers supplement instruction from members of the executive committee, all of whom are expected to design and deliver relevant teaching to the society’s members... (Read more...)

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